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The role of emotional intelligence in moral judgement

Sagar, Vidyar , O'Connor, Peter, & Jackson, Chris (2010) The role of emotional intelligence in moral judgement. In Hicks, Richard E. (Ed.) Personality and Individual Differences : Current Directions. Australian Academic Press, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

In this study we investigated the potential role of emotional intelligence (EI) in moral reasoning (MR). A sample of 131 undergraduate students completed a battery of psychological tests, which included measures of EI, MR and the Big Five dimensions of personality. Results revealed support for a proposed model of the relationship between emotional intelligence, personality and moral reasoning. Specifically, emotional intelligence was found to be a significant predictor of four of the Big Five personality dimensions (extraversion, openness, neuroticism, agreeableness), which in turn were significant predictors of moral reasoning. These results have important implications in regards to our current understanding of the relationships between EI, moral reasoning and personality. We emphasise the need to incorporate the constructs of EI and moral reasoning into a broader, explanatory personality framework.

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ID Code: 39090
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Moral Judgement
ISBN: 9781921513664
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2010 11:26
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:30

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